FLYER FOCUS: Student Story, Abdullah from Saudi Arabia
Thinking about the University of Dayton for a Masters in Computer Science? Meet Abdullah, who is enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences in the Computer Science graduate program. Abdullah is from Saudi Arabia, and is actually here in the U.S. with his wife and small child. He has some very introspective thoughts on study abroad, and has some advice for future international students. Go Flyers!
HOW DID YOU CHOOSE UD?
I came to the university to study Masters of Computer Science. At the beginning, I started to apply to many universities in the U.S. I found that the University of Dayton was the easiest university to communicate with and to get an offer from.
HOW HAS YOUR EXPERIENCE BEEN STUDYING ABROAD?
It is very different to study abroad, I think, from your own country. There are a lot of differences in culture, the way of teaching, the way to choose your classes, and the way of applying, actually, to the university. I brought my family with me. It’s a good experience for us. We are actually trying to get familiar a little bit with the American culture, and I think it’s amazing, I think it’s nice.
WHAT DO YOU THINK IS IMPORTANT TO HELP ADJUST TO AMERICAN CULTURE?
You have to participate in everything and you have to be active, and try to do other things. Not always studying your courses and go out. It’s good to do something, like work inside the university, or attend some of the events that they have. It’s very important, I think for American culture, to do all of these things.
HOW HAS UDAYTON GLOBAL HELPED WITH YOUR OVERALL EXPERIENCE?
I think UDayton Global is amazing, because they have done a lot of things for me back when I was in Saudi Arabia. They were easy to communicate [with]. I think this is a very good service that they have given to me.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO OTHER INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS?
This is my advice for international students, when they come to the U.S.: to attend the orientation. Try to do things early, as soon as possible. Come early and attend the orientation, and try to do everything from the first week. Otherwise when you get involved with the courses and things, you will not have time.